Russia will start up the nuclear reactor it is building at Iran's Bushehr atomic power plant in mid-2010, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.
"We continue work on developing atomic energy capacity both at home and abroad," Putin said at a meeting on nuclear energy in the southern Russian city of Volgodonsk.
"The start-up of the first reactor of the Bushehr atomic power station is planned for this summer," Putin said.
Russia agreed to build the 1,000 megawatt reactor at Bushehr 15 years ago, but delays have haunted the $1 billion project and diplomats say Moscow has used it as a lever in relations with Tehran.
ReutersGüncelleme Tarihi: 19 Mart 2010, 12:29